Belly Dance, Pilgrimage and Identity

  • Barbara Sellers-Young

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Barbara Sellers-Young
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  3. Barbara Sellers-Young
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  4. Barbara Sellers-Young
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  5. Barbara Sellers-Young
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 149-170

About this book


This book examines the globalization of belly dance and the distinct dancing communities that have evolved from it. The history of belly dance has taken place within the global flow of sojourners, immigrants, entrepreneurs, and tourists from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. In some cases, the dance is transferred to new communities within the gender normative structure of its original location in North Africa and the Middle East. Belly dance also has become part of popular culture’s Orientalist infused discourse. The consequence of this discourse has been a global revision of the solo dances of North Africa and the Middle East into new genres that are still part of the larger belly dance community but are distinct in form and meaning from the dance as practiced within communities in North Africa and the Middle East.



traditional dance tribal dance contemporary dance popular culture orientalism Edward Said cultural essentialism global discourse female empowerment American Tribal Gothic belly dance raqs sharki fusion belly dance male belly dance national identity ethnic identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara Sellers-Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Dance DepartmentYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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